Turner hopes to help mobilise British investment in Kisumu

Dr Christian Turner and Governor Jack Ranguma
British High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr Christian Turner, meets Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma (Photo: Twitter/HCCTurner)

Outgoing British High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr Christian Turner, has said the United Kingdom government have set aside funds to facilitate projects in Kisumu county through the Department for International Development.

At a breakfast meeting at the Imperial Hotel on Wednesday (27 October) with Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, Dr Turner said British investment would help create work opportunities for the unemployed youth in the area.

A number of areas open of investment in Kisumu and the Lake region were discussed and Dr Turner pledged to make information available to British investors supporting various economic opportunities.

He said the British government was pleased with the process of ensuring the success of the devolved system and that they will oversee all the projects through the Kenyan high commission.

Both countries’ continued mutual relationship would facilitate social projects towards improving Kenyans’ living standards, he believes.

“We will continue supporting community-based projects such as water projects, education improvement projects, youth empowerment, among other initiatives in Kenya” – Dr Christian Turner, British High Commissioner.

Ranguma said he is pleased with the British government support for developments in the county and that the local conditions were right for investments, with a lot of improvements in regard to security.

“Kisumu is positioning herself as a hub for the larger lake region” – Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma.

He also referenced the Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) and asked for support from the partners to realise the region’s potential.